Machiavelli: an Egalitarian?

Mark Philp and Z. A. Pelczynski

in Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645060
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741616 | DOI:
Machiavelli: an Egalitarian?

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Plamenatz sees Machiavelli as more concerned with inequality and its ill-effects than with equality, save on the issue of equal subordination to the law; he is hostile also to those who claim inequality based on anything other than virtue. He generally sides with the poor, except when they become a mob, and he admires self-made men of great ability.

Keywords: rich; poor; equality; the people; nobility; princes; advisors

Chapter.  6766 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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